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Boko Haram Has Grown Stronger, More Lethal And Less Compromising

Boko Haram, the Nigerian Islamist group, has been more deadly than Islamic State. And every time Nigeria’s army seems to have made substantial progress toward wiping it out, the group has quietly rebuilt.

December 29, 2015

Jihadis Recruit Women, But Usually Not To Fight

While women have a long history among violent militant organizations in Europe and Latin America, female attackers have been far more rare in such organizations as al-Qaida, where women are normally encouraged to raise families and tend homes for male fighters.

December 23, 2015
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Kenya University Attack: At Least 147 Killed By al-Shabab Gunmen

Al-Shabab terrorists separated their victims by faith, before killing at reported 147 Christians at a Kenyan university.

April 2, 2015
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Opposition Candidate Builds Solid Lead In Nigeria Presidential Election

Analysts predict challenger Muhammadu Buhari to win the Nigerian presidential election which would not only be the first democratic transfer of power in the country, but a victory for the Muslim minorities in the largely Christian nation.

March 31, 2015

Islamic State Accepts Boko Haram’s Allegiance Pledge

Learn more about the apparent terror alliance.

March 13, 2015

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe To Head African Union, Despite Rights Record

Mugabe’s election is a step back for human rights in Africa.

January 30, 2015

Suicide Bomber Kills 48 High School Students At Nigeria School

At 8 AM on Monday, as students in Nigeria gathered for a school assembly, a suicide bomb attack targeted dozens of schoolboys.

November 10, 2014

Guy Scott, Who Is White, Becomes Zambia’s President With Death Of Sata

Guy Scott became the acting president of Zambia in the wake of President Michael Sata’s death.

October 29, 2014

Prosecutors Appeal Pistorius’ Five-Year Sentence For Killing Girlfriend

The Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius was acquitted of murder, but the South African National Prosecuting Authority will appeal the controversial acquittal.

October 27, 2014

Nobel Peace Prize Goes To Kailash Satyarthi And Malala Yousafzai

Yousafzai is the youngest winner in the history of the prestigious prize.

October 10, 2014

Oscar Pistorius Convicted Of Negligent Killing, Could Face Jail Time

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times PRETORIA, South Africa — South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius, who was cleared of murder in the killing of his girlfriend, was convicted Friday on the lesser charge of culpable homicide. Judge Thokozile Masipa accepted the athlete’s defense that he mistook Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder. But she found that […]

September 12, 2014

Somali Terror Group Kills At Least A Dozen In Bombings

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — Somali terror group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for two suicide car bombings that killed at least a dozen civilians Monday south of the capital city of Mogadishu, the first attack since the group’s leader was killed a week earlier by a U.S. airstrike. Dozens more were wounded in […]

September 8, 2014

Defense Says Pistorius Was In A Vulnerable State When He Fired

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times PRETORIA, South Africa — South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius should never have been charged with murder, but at most negligent killing, his lawyer Barry Roux told Pretoria’s High Court Friday. Pistorius fatally shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, who locked herself in the toilet off his bathroom in February last […]

August 8, 2014

Nigerian Doctor Stricken With Ebola

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — A doctor who treated an Ebola-stricken Liberian has fallen ill with the disease, the first confirmed domestic case in the megacity of Lagos, Nigeria, authorities said Monday. Nigerian Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said the doctor had been treating Liberian Patrick Sawyer, 40, who flew to […]

August 4, 2014

U.S., Foreign Health Workers To Flock To West Africa Amid Ebola Crisis

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — With dozens of local doctors and medical staff among the dead, U.S. and foreign experts are preparing to flood into West Africa to help fight the deadliest Ebola outbreak on record. Although two Americans, Dr. Kent Brantly and health worker Nancy Writebol, have contracted the […]

August 4, 2014

What Was Oscar Pistorius Thinking When He Fired The Gun?

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — What was Oscar Pistorius thinking? For all the minute testimony in the South African athlete’s murder trial — about dents in a door made by a cricket bat, positions of curtains, power cords, and duvets in his bedroom, the forensics of bullet wounds — Pistorius’ […]

August 4, 2014

Islamist Militants Kidnap Wife Of Cameroonian Official

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — Islamist militants believed to be associated with the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram kidnapped the wife of a Cameroonian vice prime minister Sunday, in a worrying sign that the violence in northeastern Nigeria is spreading beyond its borders. Militants mounted an attack on the village of Kolofata […]

July 28, 2014
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Sudanese Christian Woman Who Faced Death Over Her Faith Meets Pope Francis

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — A Sudanese Christian woman who faced a death sentence for refusing to renounce her Christian faith flew to Italy on Thursday and met with Pope Francis. Meriam Ibrahim was sentenced to death by a court in Khartoum, Sudan, in May for illegally abandoning the Muslim faith. She […]

July 24, 2014

Extremists Reportedly Kill Many Civilians In Nigerian Village

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — Nigerian militants attacked a village in northeastern Nigeria on Friday, killing many civilians, according to local officials and residents cited in Nigerian media. The gunmen attacked Damboa, about 50 miles south of Maiduguri, throwing explosives into houses, burning buildings, torching the market, and shooting civilians randomly, according […]

July 18, 2014

Oscar Pistorius Blames Businessman For Weekend Altercation At Club

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius was involved in an altercation at an upscale nightclub Saturday and later insisted that a businessman accosted him aggressively, according to South African media. But the businessman, Jared Mortimer, who runs a clothing company, told the Star newspaper that Pistorius was drunk, poked […]

July 15, 2014

Malala Meets Nigerian President To Talk About Missing Schoolgirls

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — Malala Yousafzai, the teenage campaigner for girls education in Pakistan, told journalists on Monday that Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan assured her he would free 219 abducted schoolgirls being held by Islamist militants. Malala, who survived a 2012 attack by Pakistani militants opposed to the education of girls, marked […]

July 14, 2014

Nigeria Gas Depot Blast Was Suicide Bombing, Security Analysts Say

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — Nigeria’s nightmare scenario has been this: Islamist militias waging terror in the country’s northeast launch attacks in distant Lagos, a chaotic megacity of about 20 million in the southeast and the country’s economic engine. Two weeks ago, Islamic extremists from Boko Haram, or an offshoot group, did […]

July 11, 2014

Scandal Erupts Over South Africa’s ‘Farm Of Horrors’

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times JOHANNESBURG — When animal inspectors arrived at a deserted South African farm this past weekend, they found stomach-churning neglect. Dozens of animals — including pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, and geese — were dead or dying, abandoned without food or water. The “farm of horrors,” as South African media called […]

July 8, 2014

Oscar Pistorius Defense Team Rests Case In Athlete’s Murder Trial

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times PRETORIA, South Africa — The defense team for Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius closed its case Tuesday in the murder trial of his girlfriend model Reeva Steenkamp, sending the trial into a new phase and ending months of emotionally wrenching cross-examination. The court was adjourned to allow both sides to […]

July 8, 2014

Pistorius Fired Gun To ‘Nullify Threat,’ Defense Witness Says

By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times PRETORIA, South Africa — South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius intended to shoot through a door in his bathroom to “nullify the threat,” believing an intruder was in the enclosed toilet cubicle, a sports and exercise doctor testified Monday. Pistorius is on trial for murder in the death of […]

July 7, 2014